The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59, August 10, 2005) requires that an annual listing be prepared and “include all federally funded projects authorized or revised to increase obligations in the preceding program year, and shall … identify each project, the amount of Federal funds requested in the TIP, the Federal funding that was obligated during the preceding program year, and the Federal funding remaining and available for subsequent years.”
The Memorandum of Understanding, Procedures for 2007-2010 STIP and TIP Modifications signed in July 2006 by RATS, BARTA and PennDOT responds to this directive by requiring that a Summary Report of all obligation and encumbrances be provided at the end of the federal fiscal year.
These reports list all transportation projects in the RATS region obligated in their respective federal fiscal years (October 1 to September 30).
FHWA defines obligation as the federal government’s legal commitment (promise) to pay or reimburse the states or other entities for the federal share of a project’s eligible costs. Thus, an obligated project is one that has been approved by the federal government for reimbursement. Obligated projects were not necessarily initiated or completed in this year. The obligated project cost reflected in this listing also may not be equal to the final project cost.